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The Louvre lights up. © Paris Update


Paris Update This Week’s Events

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French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Hélène Angel's Primaire. Cinéma Le Brady, Paris, Feb. 24

Virtual reality on show
> Virtuality will host speakers and networking sessions on this hot topice. Centquatre, Paris, Feb. 24-26.

Contemporary textile art
>Miniartextil is an exhibition of new textiles from around the world. Le Beffroi, Montrouge, Feb. 22-March 19.

A barnyard in Paris

> The Salon International de l'Agriculture brings the best of the country's livestock and crops and the products made from them to Paris. Porte de Versailles, Paris, Feb. 25-March 5.

Before and after ecological disaster
> The Chic Planète festival presents two types of films, those celebrating the bounty of the earth and science-fiction views of what will happen after an ecopalypse. Forum des Images, Paris, March 1-April 13.

Paris semi-marathon
> Starts and ends on the Esplanade du Château de Vincennes, March 5.

French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Matthew Lancit's Flâneurs (Street Rambles). Cinéma MacMahon, Paris, March 3.

Literary conversations
> The festival New Writings, New Styles brings well-known Irish and French writers together to discuss contemporary literature in the two countries. Irish Cultural Centre, Paris, March 3-4.

Indian film scene
> The festival India Express takes a tour of new and classic films focusing on the subcontinent’s major cities. Forum des Images, Paris, through Feb. 26.

Young European photographers
> The Festival Circulation(s) features emerging photographers. Centquatre, Paris, through March 5.

Frank Capra Retrospective
> The great American director in the spotlight. Cinémathèque Française, Paris, through Feb. 27.


Art - Temporary Exhibitions


Paris Update What’s New in Paris



3D-printed prosthetic hands. © e-NABLE/ Thierry Oquidam

According to the World Economic Forum, we are on the brink of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, during which “a fusion of technologies” will blur the lines between the physical, digital and biological. Technological breakthroughs like 3D printing and robotics will play a major role in this brave new world. The current exhibition at the Lieu du Design in Paris,“Impression 3D, l’Usine du Futur” (through July 9) explores some of the applications of this infant technology and offers clues to its infinite possibilities for customization and to the directions it will take in the future. Already today, a chair can be printed using one continuous extrusion, gold jewelry can be made according to a designer’s specifications, sophisticated hearing aids can be personalized for the wearer, houses can be built on-site from local earth, and so on. Designers, scientists and technicians are working on building more cost-effective and efficient machines. One notable and inspiring project featured is e-Nable, a worldwide, open-source community of volunteers that uses 3D printing to make free prosthetic hands (based on one made from whalebone, cables and pulleys in the early 1800s by an Australian dentist named Robert Norman) for children around the world. Each of the 70 exhibits in this fascinating show is explained in an accompanying video. Heidi Ellison